Raaqy can be a knockout for Jason Weaver as he marks your card for Saturday’s racing

Raaqy can get the job done as well and there's value at Sandown and Haydock

Jason Weaver


At The Races' Jason Weaver has studied the form and potentially landed on a couple of smashing chances

The Sprint Stakes 2:00

I start at Sandown with the DUKE OF FIRENZE. He was unlucky not have won his last two races but his hold up style does require a shade of luck. His rating isn’t the best but these sprinters all are capable of bolting when things are in their favour.

He’s drawn one off the fence and that will be a a massive help at Sandown. Andrea Atzeni is at the saddle on top & the ground will not be a worry. We’ve already got 3 things going for us before the gates open!

Lancashire Oaks 2:15

I’m loving the look of LOVING THINGS at Haydock. The bay filly switched stables from J Gosden to the Cumani team & looked like a new horse when bolting up at Pontefract in Listed company a few weeks back.

This is another step up the ladder for her but she deserves her chance given her pedigree. The ground won’t be an issue for her as she’s been training on similar stuff. The odds look too big not to take.

Old Newton Cup 2:50

PENGLAI PAVILION has had a remarkable career so far.  He won in  France and was 5th to Treve in the Arc before coming back to winat Cheltenham. His return to the flat ground came in the Ascot Stakes behind Jennies Jewel.

He ran the first mile with the choke out and then as a result got tired. I think he’s got the class to win this at a rating of 94 – that’s miles below his best of 118.

Distaff (Fillies Listed) 3:10

Some very classy pedigrees on show and a decent race in prospect. RAAQY is only having her 5th start overall and just her 2nd start this year. Her trainer Owen Burrows is enjoying a real purple patch and his patience can be rewarded again.

She should stay a little further so it might suit if she makes the pace. Jockey Paul Hanagan loves to front run so let’s hope he takes the race by the scruff of the neck.

British Champions Series 3:45

THE GURKHA has only been seen on the track four times. But he’s won two of those by a combined 14 and a half lengths, one of which was a French Classic.

He went of at 4/5 for the St James’s Palace but we never got to see what he could do as Frankie Dettori was busy showing the young riders he’s still got it! Look at his form and previous races. If he were coming into this race off the French 2000g demolition he’d be a 1-4 poke, dare I say his odds of are a steal

What do you think?